Definition of cursorial in English:

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Pronunciation: /kərˈsôrēəl/


Having limbs adapted for running.
Example sentences
  • Their decline accelerated during the Oligocene and coincided with the rise of another group of large herbivorous and cursorial mammals, the artiodactyls.
  • Mammals inhabit diverse habitats, radiation of specialized groups such as bats, whales, cursorial mammals, hominoids.
  • However, during the Oligocene to late Miocene, a time period spanning approximately 20 Myr, the development of cursorial limbs in predators and in prey appears to have been decoupled.


Mid 19th century: from Latin cursor (see cursor) + -ial.

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Syllabification: cur·so·ri·al

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